Oh man. MAN ALIVE you have no idea how excited I was to see this book come into my book list and how effing fast I read it. You have *no idea*.
But I'm going to tell you because I know you have no idea.
Angelology by Danielle Trussoni
Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her care was entrusted to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Now, at 23, she discovers a 1943 correspondence between the convent's late mother superior and the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller that plunges her into a secret history stretching back a millennium: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and monstrously beautiful descandants of angels and humans, the Nephilim. Blending biblical lore, the Miltonic fall of the Rebel Angels, the apocryphal Book of Enoch, and the myth of Orpheus, Angelology is a luminous, riveting tale of ordinatry people caught up in a battle that will determine the fate of the world.
I'm going to get my geek on for you. I totally love books that have a weird, supernatural/paranormal theme. Which is why I love Twilight, Harry Potter, True Blood, etc. Now, while part of me thinks this kind of stuff can't possibly be true, the other part of me thinks it's awesome and kind of hopes it is.
Because I'm a dork and you love me anyways.
But this book was RIVETING. Seriously. I actually read Cassandra Clare's series The Mortal Instruments, which is a young adult series, so I had previously read stories about angels and nephilim and the like. So some of the material in this book wasn't new to me. What WAS new to me were all the religious teachings and information. I'm not religious really and I can count on one hand how many times I've been to church let alone opened a Bible. So some of this was a wee bit over my head and to be honest-- I felt like I had a case of the dumbs.
The story was absolutely fascinating- the underground battle of good vs. evil. As I read it I felt the urgency of the Angelologist's mission and I felt the confusion Evangeline would have felt trying to absorb it all so quickly. The twists and turns of this book are really fun and exciting and you have NO clue how it ends. The secrets revealed at the end make you pause for a minute to take it in and think about the implications.
I love when you read a story and can tell that not only is the author an immensely talented writer but that you can absorb the vast amount of research, education and literature they must have poured over in order to do justice on such a subject. While it's a novel it feels like an actual document of events in history. I absolutely loved this book and I'm excited to say that .....
two of you will win this book!
Just leave a comment on this post saying you are interested and I will randomly draw names on Friday for two winners to receive a free copy of this book. Unfortunately, this is only open to US/Canada lambwhores only. :)
I encourage you to go HERE and see what other tour hosts have said about this book, check out Danielle's website HERE, or the Angelology website HERE. I was looking at the Angelology website, specifically at the pictures and yeah... pretty cool.
I don't know about you, but I always think there can't just be humans. I totally believe in aliens. And angels, Nephilim, etc... I don't know. I guess we will never know. But reading stuff like this totally gets my geek on and I love it. :)
So tell me... do you think it's just us? Or do you think there could be more out there... or with us on Earth??